The Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), a civic society organisation has urged the Ghanaian electorate to vote for a political party that is committed to the socio-economic development of the country.
A press release signed by Bismark Ayorogo Adongo, the Executive Director, in an interview said there was the need for Ghanaians to properly interrogate the intended policies and programmes contained in the various political parties’ manifestoes.
It expressed regret that one of the areas that had been neglected by past governments was northern Ghana which continues to lag behind the rest of the country in development.
“Successive governments of Ghana only paid lip service to pro-poor policies and programmes meant to accelerate socio-economic development of the northern half of the country.
The continuous neglect of the north which has huge development potentials, untapped economic resources including mineral deposits, oil and unlimited opportunities in agriculture has serious implications on the overall development of Ghana”, the release said.
“For Ghana to reduce inequalities, end poverty and hunger in the foreseeable future and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is the urgent need for all seeking power to strongly commit to making substantial investment in the northern savannah ecological zone”, it said.
The release urged citizens of Ghana to critically examine the manifesto of each of the political parties to find out whether or not they had a clear vision and well-articulated plan for the total transformation of the of the country before casting their votes.